Biography

Conrad was born William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a theatre-owner who moved to southern California, where he excelled at drama and literature while at school. Starting work in radio in the late 1930s in California, Conrad went on to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. He entered the army in 1942, and was commissioned at Luke Field, Arizona in 1943 (now Luke Air Force Base). On the day of his commission he married June Nelson. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio by his own estimate.

Among Conrad's various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number, Joan of Arc (both 1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954).

As a producer for Warner Brothers, he made a string of feature films, including An American Dream (1966, retitled See You in Hell, Darling for British release), A Covenant With Death (1966), First to Fight (1967) and The Cool Ones (1967), and also directed My Blood Runs Cold, Brainstorm and Two on a Guillotine (all 1965).

Conrad was born William Cann in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a theatre-owner who moved to southern California, where he excelled at drama and literature while at school. Starting work in radio in the late 1930s in California, Conrad went on to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. He entered the army in 1942, and was commissioned at Luke Field, Arizona in 1943 (now Luke Air Force Base). On the day of his commission he married June Nelson. He returned to the airwaves after the war, going on to accumulate over 7,000 roles in radio by his own estimate.

Among Conrad's various film roles, where he was usually cast as threatening figures, perhaps his most notable role was his first credited one, as one of the gunmen sent to eliminate Burt Lancaster in the 1946 film The Killers. He also appeared in Body and Soul (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number, Joan of Arc (both 1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954).

As a producer for Warner Brothers, he made a string of feature films, including An American Dream (1966, retitled See You in Hell, Darling for British release), A Covenant With Death (1966), First to Fight (1967) and The Cool Ones (1967), and also directed My Blood Runs Cold, Brainstorm and Two on a Guillotine (all 1965).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 95

Birthday 1920-09-27

Day of Death 1994-02-11

Place of Birth Louisville, Kentucky

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1991 Hudson Hawk as Narrator (voice)
1987 Jake and the Fatman (106 episodes) as Jason McCabe
1987 The Highwayman as Narrator
1986 Matlock (2 episodes)
1986 Killing Cars as Mr. Mahoney
1985 In Like Flynn as Sgt. Dominic
1983 Manimal (8 episodes)
1983 Trauma Center (13 episodes)
1983 The Mikado as The Mikado
1982 Hotel (2 episodes)
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "The Killers") (archive footage)
1982 Police Squad! (6 episodes) as Stabbed Man
1981 Side Show
1981 Nero Wolfe (14 episodes) as Nero Wolfe
1980 The Return of Frank Cannon as Frank Cannon
1980 The Return of the King as Denethor
1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (37 episodes)
1978 Catastrophe as Narrator (voice)
1978 Night Cries as Dr. Whelan
1977 The Making of 'Star Wars' as Narrator (original narration from 1977) (voice)
1977 Moonshine County Express as Jack Starkey
1977 The City as Narrator (voice)
1976 The Sonny & Cher Show (1 episode)
1976 How the West Was Won (36 episodes) as The voice
1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (1 episode)
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (1 episode)
1971 Cannon (123 episodes)
1971 The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1969 The Dudley Do-Right Show (39 episodes)
1968 The Name of the Game (1 episode)
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1 episode)
1967 The Carol Burnett Show (2 episodes)
1967 The High Chaparral (1 episode)
1966 Chamber of Horrors as Narrator
1965 The Dean Martin Show (1 episode)
1965 F Troop (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (120 episodes) as Narrator
1962 General Electric True (1 episode)
1961 Target: The Corruptors! (1 episode)
1961 Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends (143 episodes)
1960 The Aquanauts (1 episode)
1959 -30- as Jim Bathgate
1959 This Man Dawson (0 episodes)
1959 The Man and the Challenge (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (2 episodes)
1957 Zero Hour! as Narrator (voice)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (2 episodes)
1957 The Ride Back as Sheriff Chris Hamish
1956 Johnny Concho as Tallman
1956 The Conqueror as Kasar
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 5 Against the House as Eric Berg
1954 The Naked Jungle as Commissioner
1953 The Desert Song as Lachmed
1953 Cry of the Hunted as Goodwin
1952 Lone Star as Mizette
1951 The Racket as Det. Sgt. Turk
1951 The Sword of Monte Cristo as Major Nicolet
1951 Cry Danger as Louie Castro
1950 Dial 1119 as Chuckles - Bartender
1950 The Milkman as Mike Morrel
1950 One Way Street as Ollie
1949 East Side, West Side as Lt. Jacobi
1949 Tension as Lt. Edgar Gonsales
1949 Any Number Can Play as Frank Sistina
1948 To the Victor as Farnsworth
1948 Sorry, Wrong Number as Morano
1948 Four Faces West as Sheriff Egan
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)
1948 Bambi-Verleihung (1 episode) as himself
1947 Body and Soul as Quinn
1946 The Killers as Max
1945 Pillow to Post as First Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)

Directing

1981 Side Show Director
1968 The Name of the Game (1 episode)Director
1965 Brainstorm Director
1965 My Blood Runs Cold Director
1965 Two on a Guillotine Director
1963 The Man from Galveston Director
1962 General Electric True (22 episodes)Director
1962 Saints and Sinners (1 episode)Director
1961 Target: The Corruptors! (8 episodes)Director
1960 The Case of the Dangerous Robin (3 episodes)Director
1960 Klondike (2 episodes)Director
1960 Route 66 (1 episode)Director
1959 This Man Dawson (2 episodes)Director
1959 Men into Space (2 episodes)Director
1959 Lock-Up (1 episode)Director
1959 Bold Venture (6 episodes)Director
1958 77 Sunset Strip (6 episodes)Director
1958 Bat Masterson (4 episodes)Director
1958 The Rough Riders (1 episode)Director
1958 Mackenzie's Raiders (1 episode)Director
1958 Naked City (3 episodes)Director
1958 The Rifleman (1 episode)Director
1957 Tombstone Territory (4 episodes)Director
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (5 episodes)Director
1955 Highway Patrol (1 episode)Director
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)Director

Production

1967 Chubasco Producer
1967 The Cool Ones Executive Producer
1967 First to Fight Executive Producer
1966 An American Dream Producer
1965 Brainstorm Producer
1965 My Blood Runs Cold Producer
1965 Two on a Guillotine Producer
1957 The Ride Back Producer

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